National Geographic : 1943 Sep
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by B.Anthony Stewart Paying a Call at the Pentagon? Get a Visitor's Badge and Escort Here, or Those Armed Guards Won't Let You In This reception desk is in the concourse of the giant War Department headquarters, which houses more than 30,000 war workers. Ramps lead toallfloors; the Pentagon has only one elevator. Service personnel and civilian employees, making frequent trips from office to office, would bog down anelevator system.